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By Joe Sindoni - Broadcaster/Writer, 03/08/23, 7:30PM EST



Last weekend was the final two games of the inaugural season for the Pennsylvania Huntsmen. They were on the road at the Showcase hosted by the Philadelphia Little Flyers in Aston, PA.

** Showcase Format 2-25 minute periods **

Overall, the weekend didn't mean much for the Huntsmen. The New Jersey 87s already clinched the top seed in the Mid Atlantic Division locking the Huntsmen at #2. The Union Jr. Thunder were already set in the Play In Game for the 4th seed. However, it was a meaningful weekend for the New Jersey Renegades and the Philadelphia Little Flyers. Heading into the showcase the Renegades and Little Flyers were tied in points and Philadelphia had one game in hand so they controlled their own fate for the #3 seed.

Back to the Huntsmen. They kicked off the Showcase with one final meeting against the Renegades. New Jersey had a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period when Jacob Chow would score to tie the game. The game headed for overtime, and Mason Henne would be the hero for the Huntsmen with the game winning goal. Ty Jones picked up his final win of the regular season making 26 saves for his league leading 17th win of the year.

The Huntsmen ended the Showcase and the season against the New Jersey 87s. Other than pride, there was nothing else on the line. Pennsylvania rested players throughout the game and after the 1st period Ryan Debro and Justin Kratz would have the Huntsmen up 2-1. The 2nd period was controlled by the 87s as they scored 3 goals and won the game 4-2.

It has been a great inaugural season for the Huntsmen. It seems like yesterday this brand-new team and coach were headed to Massachusetts for the Showcase to begin the year. Down 3-0 to the New England Wolves the Huntsmen would come back and win their first game in franchise history in a shootout 5-4. Fast forward, the Huntsmen finished 2nd in the Mid Atlantic Division with a 25-14-3 record with 53 points and 7th overall in the EHLP.

The Playoffs are a best of 3 inside each division. The Renegades picked up a point in the OT loss to the Huntsmen and then won their final game head to head with the Little Flyers to claim 3rd place in the division. That gave NJR 28pts, to the PLF 27pts. That forced the Little Flyers to take on the Union Jr. Thunder in a one game play in to earn 4th place. The winner of that game will face the New Jersey 87s. The Little Flyers finished the year 13-28-1 27 points, as the Thunder were 5-36-1 11 points. Union had the upset of the weekend on Saturday when they defeated the 87s 3-2. The Little Flyers have been bit by the injury bug lately, but defeated the Thunder 6-3. Now the Little Flyers will take on the New Jersey 87s. 

As mentioned before, The Huntsmen will take on the New Jersey Renegades in the first round of the playoffs. Let’s look at the numbers:

Season Record: 25-14-3  53pts / New Jersey Renegades 12-26-4  28pts

Season Series:  they have gone head to head 8 times.  Huntsmen won the series 6-2

3-0 PA / 6-5 PA / 7-5 PA / 7-1 PA / 5-4 NJ / 2-1 NJ / 4-1 PA / 2-1 OT PA    Total Goals 34 – 20 PAH

Leading Scorers in the Series


Reese Gilmore 1 goal, 10 assists

Ryan Arendes  3 goals, 5 assists

Conlan Carpenter 1 goal, 7 assists

Max Finkeldey 4 goals, 2 assists


Dylan Idland  5 goals, 5 assists

Jake Demacos 2 goals, 5 assists

Cameron Cherry 2 goals 4assists

John Bellantoni  3 goals


Team Leaders


Ryan Arendes             33G 34A - 67pts

Reese Gilmore            6G 33A - 39pts

Conlan Carpenter       2G 19A – 21pts

Justin Kratz                  9G 10A – 20pts


Dyland Idland              15G 20A – 35pts

Cameron Cherry          23G 11A – 34pts

John Bellantoni           5G 19A – 24pts

Justin Sergeant           12G 9A – 21pts

Special Teams

Huntsmen 20.5% 3rd / PPGs 34 2nd / Penalty Kill 83.3% 7th 6SHGs T-5th / PPG Against 27  6th most

Renegades 16.9% 9th / PPGs 25 T-9th / Penalty Kill 82.7% 9th  2SHGs / PPG Against 24  8th most

The EHL Premier handed out league honors earlier this week and the Huntsmen were represented. Ryan Arendes won Top Forward Prospect and Second Team All EHLP. Even though Defenseman Daniil Diukin has moved on to the NJ 87s EHL team, he was awarded Third Team All EHLP.

It’s been an exciting inaugural season for the Huntsmen, and it isn’t over yet, now on to the next chapter, the playoffs.


Game 1 Friday March 10th                  Renegades at Huntsmen        8:50pm

Game 2 Saturday March 11th              Huntsmen at Renegades        4pm

Game 3 * If Necessary                                    Renegades at Huntsmen        1:30pm


By: Joe Sindoni

Staff Writer

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